Running out of schemes to meet their massive debt repayment deadlines (short of implementing market reforms), Greece has decided to play the Nazi card.
In an obvious attempt to dig itself out of its deep debt hole, Greece is for suffering and occupation from Germany.
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“We have to close this wound. It is not related, whatsoever, to Greek debt or any policies connected to the memoranda,” he said, referring to the deeply unpopular bailout accords. “They are two very different issues. The left has always been sensitive to this issue.”
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The German government says the issue was resolved legally years ago and bringing it up now is a “dumb” attempt to distract attention from Greece’s looming credit crunch. Berlin paid 115m Deutschmarks to Athens in 1960 in compensation but now Greece says it did not cover payments for damaged infrastructure, war crimes or the billions of dollars that the Bank of Greece was forced to lend to the enemy.
Good one Greece. What could possibly go wrong with a European nation demanding that Germany pay war reparations for a previous world war?
The hunt is on for Christodoulos Xiros, 55, a Greek terrorist who escaped during a New Year’s leave.
I don’t know what’s more shocking – that Greece allows day passes for prisoners or that Xiros actually came back the last 6 times he was allowed out. Xiros was convicted in 2003 and had served 10 years of his term for involvement in a string of shootings and bombings while he was part of the deadly November 17 guerrilla organization. After Xiros failed to check in on Monday at a police station in northern Greece, he became the target on a nationwide search. The incident has also prompted Greek officials to take a closer look at its prison furlough system – because I don’t think allowing convicted terrorists vacations from prison is really working.
The first rule of South America is: never stop driving – especially at night and especially on a dangerous road. A telenovela star and former Miss Venezuela was murdered while trying to fend off carjackers in Venezuela. Monica Spear, 29, and her husband Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were both shot to death after armed men tried to rob them on a very sketchy road on Monday night. According to police, when their car hit a “sharp object that had been placed on the highway” and that’s when the thieves/murderers made their move. The couple, who were travelling with their 5-year-old daughter, family locked themselves into the car but the hijackers fired at least six shots into the vehicle. The 5-year-old girl survived the attack, but ended up with a bullet wound in her leg. Meanwhile, Venezuelan authorities arrested five people in connection with the murder. Chicago Tribune
Not so fast gay Mormons – Utah Governor Bob Herbert announced on Wednesday that the state would not recognize the more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed over the last two weeks. After a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage, there was a wedding boom – until the Supreme Court issued a stay that put a temporary hold on the ruling until a final court decision is issued. So if you’re one of the hundreds of newly married gay couples living in Utah, don’t even think about filing joint tax returns this year and definitely don’t think about adding your spouse to your healthcare plan – because it ain’t legal. Yet… New York Times
Canadians are dropping like birds – well, only one is – after contracting the bird flu. Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose has confirmed the first known fatal case of the H5N1 avian influenza strain in North America. The infected person, an Alberta resident who recently travelled to Beijing, China体彩手机在线怎么下载, died January 3 after experiencing symptoms on the flight back to Canada. Officials emphasized that this is not a disease transmitted between humans, so if you were onboard that Dec 27 flight, don’t freak out just yet. Calling the death an “isolated case”, Ambrose repeatedly emphasized the risk to the general population was low. Ok now it’s time to FREAK OUT!!! CBC News
Brazil’s World Cup stadium partially collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least three people.
The workers were killed when an evil crane collapsed while lifting a piece of the stadium’s roof into place, causing the roof to buckle and destroy part of the stands. Brazil has been rushing to finish the Itaquerao Stadium in order to meet FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready – but now that the crane has cause damage to the exterior many are wondering if they will be prepared. Considering the workers’ union is halting construction for 30 days while authorities investigate, I’m going to go with ‘not prepared.’ Looks like they should have
, deal with a bunch of obese ‘mistakes’ running around in nine months.
30 strawberry pickers in southern Greece were on a strawberry field over a pay dispute after a foreman opened fire.
The strawberry field migrants, who were mainly from Bangladesh, gathered around to request six months worth of unpaid salaries. Apparently that was enough to send one farm supervisor over the edge and he began shooting at the migrant workers. Luckily, none of them were seriously injured, but the strawberries will never be the same.
The owner of the strawberry farm, who wasn’t present during the strawberry massacre, has been detained for questioning. One foreman (most likely the one who went on the shooting spree…) has been arrested and arrest warrants have been issued for two other foremen.
The foreman is telling police that the workers had “moved threateningly” towards him before he decided to shoot at them.
The strawberry field town of Nea Manolada is no stranger to migrant controversy. It has previously been in the spotlights over accusations of worker exploitation. Now some are calling for boycotts of “blood strawberries” from the region. Suggested slogan: Strawberry Fields NEVER!!